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by GoC
Sat Jun 06, 2009 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NAZIS get a sign, Highway renamed
Replies: 53
Views: 3644

Re: NAZIS get a sign, Highway renamed

I see why the "Pournelle chart" doesn't get much recognition at all. Determining if something is rational or irrrational without regards to the constituents is irrational in itself :\ Actual nazis weren't irrational. :\ Saving their own ass, probably, but hardly irrational. :\ Nazis weren...
by GoC
Fri Jun 05, 2009 2:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ambulance pulled over while on way to hospital
Replies: 133
Views: 10381

Re: Ambulance pulled over while on way to hospital

Example of unsupported law: DMCA
by GoC
Thu Jun 04, 2009 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NAZIS get a sign, Highway renamed
Replies: 53
Views: 3644

Re: NAZIS get a sign, Highway renamed

So allowing the Holocaust to happen is just like not giving to charity? That depends on your moral framework and the specific circumstances involved. Note: No one person (apart from maybe Hitler) could have stopped the Holocaust so it's not like every one person could have prevented it (which is wh...
by GoC
Thu Jun 04, 2009 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Eugenics & Endangering minors
Replies: 15
Views: 2068

Re: Eugenics & Endangering minors

Assume abortion is ethical. The prime justification for abortion is that potential human life (as in "alive or dead" not as in "quality of life") is irrelevant. So a child that may have a defect being aborted is a very small factor, especially when compared with the quality of li...
by GoC
Thu Jun 04, 2009 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Traveler's Dilema variation
Replies: 23
Views: 1963

Re: Traveler's Dilema variation

AvalonXQ wrote:What does Lucy think/know about Pete?

Lucy knows that Pete is rational and that Pet thinks Lucy has a 99% chance of being rational (and 1% the the 50-50 of 99 and 100 respectively) and knows if Lucy is rational then Lucy knows this statement is true.
by GoC
Thu Jun 04, 2009 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Traveler's Dilema variation
Replies: 23
Views: 1963

Traveler's Dilema variation

Stolen from the other thread. Lucy and Pete have identical antiques which are lost by the airline they took to get home. The manager will pay them back, but he assumes they'll try to inflate the price, so he decides to have them each (separately) write down the value of their item (an integer from 2...
by GoC
Thu Jun 04, 2009 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Traveler's Dilemma
Replies: 833
Views: 78005

Re: Traveler's Dilemma

Beat this strategy: Even distribution between 92-100 You'll notice that your strategy will optimally include a zero probability of any number under 92. Repeat attempting to beat the strategy you now have. Will you ever assign a non-zero probability to 91? Yes, I think so. Let's calculate the optimu...
by GoC
Thu Jun 04, 2009 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NAZIS get a sign, Highway renamed
Replies: 53
Views: 3644

Re: NAZIS get a sign, Highway renamed

I see why the "Pournelle chart" doesn't get much recognition at all. Determining if something is rational or irrrational without regards to the constituents is irrational in itself :\ Actual nazis weren't irrational. :\ Saving their own ass, probably, but hardly irrational. :\ Nazis weren...
by GoC
Thu Jun 04, 2009 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Traveler's Dilemma
Replies: 833
Views: 78005

Re: Traveler's Dilemma

Beat this strategy: Even distribution between 92-100 You'll notice that your strategy will optimally include a zero probability of any number under 92. Repeat attempting to beat the strategy you now have. Will you ever asign a non-zero probability to 91? EDIT: Just realized... Any strategy that asig...
by GoC
Thu Jun 04, 2009 2:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ambulance pulled over while on way to hospital
Replies: 133
Views: 10381

Re: Ambulance pulled over while on way to hospital

Minchandre wrote:
GoC wrote:Wow. Your country is so racist. :|


I don't know what country you're from, but I bet it's just as racist if it has significant ethnic minorities, or it would be if it had them.

You're probably right...
Ugh. I thought racism was relegated to extremists in the modern era. :evil:
by GoC
Wed Jun 03, 2009 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ambulance pulled over while on way to hospital
Replies: 133
Views: 10381

Re: Ambulance pulled over while on way to hospital

Wow. Your country is so racist. :|
by GoC
Wed Jun 03, 2009 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Marine Corps Uses 14 y/o girl to sex guys into joining
Replies: 25
Views: 3280

Re: US Marine Corps Uses 14 y/o girl to sex guys into joining

The Reaper wrote:Well, on that note, this one guy isn't the only guy to be a pedo in the military.

The girl is postpubescent so this isn't pedophilia.
by GoC
Wed Jun 03, 2009 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ambulance pulled over while on way to hospital
Replies: 133
Views: 10381

Re: Ambulance pulled over while on way to hospital

Yes, it is because you are exaggerating the proportionality. It's the same reason that a fear of flying is completely irrational. It's because people remember the horrible plane crashes they hear about but don't think twice about all the planes they see and hear zip by everyday. And whereas 100% of...
by GoC
Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Five Towers
Replies: 88
Views: 8038

Re: Five Towers

AvalonXQ wrote:Awesome idea. Make it so.

rizon network

#xkcd_game_personA
#xkcd_game_personB
#xkcd_game_public

First come first served
by GoC
Wed Jun 03, 2009 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Five Towers
Replies: 88
Views: 8038

Re: Five Towers

This would be best done on IRC.
How about it?
Three channels. One for person A to post moves, one for person B and one for the results for A and B to see? You could finish the entire game in ten minutes.
by GoC
Wed Jun 03, 2009 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Earth Losing Atmosphere Faster than Venus or Mars
Replies: 25
Views: 2570

Re: Earth Losing Atmosphere Faster than Venus or Mars

Zamfir: That is one of the funniest things I've read in a long time! LOL
by GoC
Wed Jun 03, 2009 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?
Replies: 7486
Views: 624612

Re: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?

A picture of a spaceship?
by GoC
Wed Jun 03, 2009 12:05 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Star Trek vs. Star Wars
Replies: 360
Views: 150995

Re: Star Trek vs. Star Wars

The thing is, parallel universes(i? I don't really know the plural) don't need to stem from time travel. No, but the question is: will time travel create a parallel universe or will it simply alter the existing timeline? Star Trek answers that question conclusively. And in a contradictory manner. :...
by GoC
Wed Jun 03, 2009 12:01 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Another Super hero rumble game (round 12)
Replies: 99
Views: 8185

Re: Another Super hero rumble game (round 11)

Ansain wrote:right then, it seems we are 3-1 in favor of the fight raging on.

Actually I'd be in favor of a tie. So make that 2-2.
by GoC
Wed Jun 03, 2009 11:57 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: 1kg of electrons in a sphere
Replies: 48
Views: 7865

Re: 1kg of electrons in a sphere

skeptical scientist wrote:I think people were taking "1 kg of electrons" to mean "electrons with rest mass 1kg".

Yep.
by GoC
Wed Jun 03, 2009 2:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Brazilian Triangle. (Aircraft missing, possibly crashed)
Replies: 21
Views: 2822

Re: Brazilian Triangle. (Aircraft missing, possibly crashed)

Don't 99% of plane lightning strikes occur on takeoff and landing?
by GoC
Wed Jun 03, 2009 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: 1kg of electrons in a sphere
Replies: 48
Views: 7865

Re: 1kg of electrons in a sphere

Diadem wrote:snip

Naked singularities! Woot! 8) :mrgreen:
Could you explain to me what a Cauchy Horizon is?
by GoC
Tue Jun 02, 2009 3:39 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: 1kg of electrons in a sphere
Replies: 48
Views: 7865

Re: 1kg of electrons in a sphere

Very nice! Still a bit disappointing though... Lets up the mass to say... ten tons or so and see if we get a black hole! And if so, what would the black hole "look like" (it's properties)? EDIT: Wait a minute... this isn't a white dwarf. Wouldn't the lack of neutrons and protons (and atomi...
by GoC
Mon Jun 01, 2009 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The sweetest thing ever...or a MENACE TO SOCIETY?!
Replies: 92
Views: 7355

Re: The sweetest thing ever...or a MENACE TO SOCIETY?!

Replace "Hugging" with "Chest Grabbing" (ignoring the other problems with it, for the hypothetical) and you'll see what I mean. Hugging and even more so Chest-Grabbing are acts which are much much much more intimate than handshakes and especially eye contact, they invade persona...
by GoC
Mon Jun 01, 2009 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: North Korea carries out 2nd nuclear test
Replies: 111
Views: 8203

Re: North Korea carries out 2nd nuclear test

I HAVE A SOLUTION! WE CAN HAVE PIRATES SEARCH THEM! AND THE PIRATES CAN ALSO HOLD THE CREWS FOR RANSOM, TO TRY TO BANKRUPT THE GOVERNMENT! :3 I just turned a problem for us into a problem for other people. Huzzah! It's funny how viable that solution is... I never thought I'd approve of privateering...
by GoC
Mon Jun 01, 2009 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?
Replies: 7486
Views: 624612

Re: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?

No.

A black lamp?
by GoC
Mon Jun 01, 2009 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?
Replies: 7486
Views: 624612

Re: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?

No.

An empty bottle?
by GoC
Mon Jun 01, 2009 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Five Towers
Replies: 88
Views: 8038

Re: Five Towers

Bump?
by GoC
Mon Jun 01, 2009 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Biggest value
Replies: 27
Views: 3169

Re: Biggest value

Indeed. How about any number that can actually be compared to the others in this thread by a skilled mathematician? I think typically a skilled mathematician has better things to do than worry which of two numbers posted on a message board is bigger. I'll be a judge then. I'm pretty good with large...
by GoC
Mon Jun 01, 2009 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Another Super hero rumble game (round 12)
Replies: 99
Views: 8185

Re: Another Super hero rumble game (round 10)

Ansain wrote:Dr Strange(GoC) casts rolling with it, pocket laser (destructortron section 3) and Mildy large guns. he attacks destructortron section 5 for 55. he is attacked for 60 and takes 20 damage (rolling with it) and ends the round at 23 energy.

Who attacked me for 60?
by GoC
Mon Jun 01, 2009 3:45 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: 1kg of electrons in a sphere
Replies: 48
Views: 7865

Re: 1kg of electrons in a sphere

The energy stored in such a configuration, if I've done the calculation correctly, would be 3.34x10 34 J, which is 2.8 times as much energy as the sun puts out in a year. I'd say "severe dose of beta radiation" is a *wee* bit of an understatement... Can you apply Coloumb's law in this sit...
by GoC
Mon Jun 01, 2009 3:04 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: My number is bigger!
Replies: 1588
Views: 364511

Re: My number is bigger!

scikidus wrote:Shut up! Change days to weeks! :P

:mrgreen:
by GoC
Mon Jun 01, 2009 2:54 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: 1kg of electrons in a sphere
Replies: 48
Views: 7865

1kg of electrons in a sphere

What would be the result if a single kilogram of electrons suddenly appears in front of you in the form of a 1cm sphere? They aren't being forced to stay as a sphere though.
by GoC
Sun May 31, 2009 11:49 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Biggest value
Replies: 27
Views: 3169

Re: Biggest value

The third is that numbers be computable. All numbers* are computable. What you mean is that there is a clear algorithm for computing the number from the given description. (For example, BB(100) is computable, but you can't directly translate the description into an algorithm for computing it.) *Nat...
by GoC
Sun May 24, 2009 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: What is in Your Clipboard?
Replies: 3588
Views: 535758

Re: What is in Your Clipboard?

Hidradenitis Suppurativa Stage III
by GoC
Sun May 24, 2009 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Name a smaller (closer to zero) number.
Replies: 52
Views: 4109

Re: Name a smaller (closer to zero) number.

Can you prove that those BB calls are smaller than prior posts? BB eventually outgrows any computable function, but there is no guarantee that it happens any time soon. BB(BB(6)) is bigger than F(BB(99999999)) or BB(F(99999999)) for any computable function F(x) you can think of. Your most recent su...
by GoC
Thu May 14, 2009 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Human emulator and ethics?
Replies: 102
Views: 7430

Re: Human emulator and ethics?

Iv wrote:It all boils down about what you believe form the core of emotions

Why are emotions relevant? Most animals have them and we don't consider them sapient.
by GoC
Thu May 14, 2009 1:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Human emulator and ethics?
Replies: 102
Views: 7430

Re: Human emulator and ethics?

So anyone who "uploads" their conciousness instantly loses all human rights? Again, if we go back the metric from my first post, a concsiousness uploaded (and this is waaaaay off topic but....) would be intelligent, so it falls into the "Can't do anything we wan't" category. If ...
by GoC
Thu May 14, 2009 1:35 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Borg vs. Zerg
Replies: 308
Views: 47195

Re: Borg vs. Zerg

More questions for the list: How do they propel themselves in space? If it's chemical rockets then they're doomed. Both by overheating and by being so much slower than the opposition. How does a glaive wurm damage a siege tank? That implies that the wurm is tougher than the tank armor. How does that...
by GoC
Sat May 09, 2009 1:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Human emulator and ethics?
Replies: 102
Views: 7430

Re: Human emulator and ethics?

I would say everything. The only key is knowing the difference between the simulation and reality. However, once you've determined it is a simulation, it has no ethical standing, just like if I destroyed the planet in a climate simulation I'm not an evil scientist. So anyone who "uploads"...

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